Caster Semenya rejects Rabat Diamond League 800m invitation

South Africa’s world’s 800 metre female champion, Semenya Caster Semenya has declined an invitation to race in the 800m at Sunday’s Diamond League Meeting in Rabat, Morocco. On Tuesday, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court suspended the IAAF’s new rules restricting testosterone levels in female athletes. Despite being cleared to continue racing, the South African said she was not being allowed to run in Morocco. Semenya was then given an invite but it was too late for her to attend. “She received an invitation but is unable to organise her schedule to come…

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Enyimba International crowned champions of 2018/2019 NPFL

Enyimba International Football Club claimed a record eighth title in emphatic manner on Wednesday in Lagos as they were crowned champions of the abridged 2018/2019 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Aba-based Peoples Elephant on the final day of the Super Six Playoffs at the Agege Stadium beat Akwa United of Uyo 3-0. Enyimba had emerged for the NPFL Championship Playoffs from Group A of the abridged league alongside Rangers International and defending champions Lobi Stars. They went on to win…

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Football: Nigeria upset South Korea for rare World Cup win

Asisat Oshoala scored in the match The Nigeria Super Falcons took their chances against the run of play on Wednesday to beat South Korea 2-0 for rare success at the women’s World Cup to set themselves up to advance to the next stage of the tournament in France. A first half own goal at the Stade des Alps and a breakaway attack, brilliantly finished by Asisat Oshoala, ensured the Africa champions only their fourth win in eight World Cup finals appearances and a chance to go to the second round…

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Amuneke unveils 23-man Tanzania squad for AFCON 2019

Nigeria’s Emmanuel Amuneke coaches Tanzania National Football team Tanzania head coach, Emmanuel Amuneke has unveiled his final 23-man squad for the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations to be held in Egypt. Headlining the list released by the Nigerian tactician on Wednesday is Genk forward Mbwana Samatta, Farid Mussa of Tenerife in Spain and Erasto Nyoni of Simba Sporting Club. Other notable inclusions are Simba Sporting Club keeper, Aishi Manula, Simon Msuva of Difaä El Jadid, Morocco and John Bocco who plays for Simba Sporting Club. The Taifa Stars are drawn…

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Injury sidelines Michael as Super Falcons take on South Korea in make-or-mar game

Super Falcons’ Head Coach Thomas Dennerby and team medics on Tuesday ruled veteran defender Faith Michael out of the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Pitea IF of Sweden defender was injured in a clash with goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi during Saturday’s 0-3 loss to Norway. “She will take no further part in the championship, no matter how far the African champions get,’’ Ademola Olajire, the Director of Communications at the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), said in a statement on Tuesday. Meanwhile,…

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Tokyo 2020 podiums to be made of recycled plastic

Medalists at next year’s Summer Olympics will stand on podiums made from recycled plastic waste collected from local households or the ocean, Tokyo 2020 organizers said on Tuesday. From June 13, collection boxes will be set up at more than 2,000 outlets of local supermarket chain AEON for residents to deposit any unwanted plastic items for the podiums project, organizers said. They are looking to collect as much as 45 tonnes of plastic to make the approximately 100 podiums needed for next summer’s showpiece, they said. It would be the…

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AFCON 2019: Football fans laud Rohr’s decision to axe Iheanacho

Kelechi Iheanacho dropped by Super Eagles Rohr Football fans in Ilorin have commended the Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr, over his decision to drop Kelechi Iheanacho from his final 23-man squad to represent Nigeria in Egypt. Some fans who spoke separately with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday , expressed satisfaction with the coach’s 23-man list released on Sunday. NAN reports that Rohr released his list on Sunday, with the exclusion of Leicester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho and Semi Ajayi of England Championship side Rotherham United (now relegated…

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FIFA World Cup 2019: Norway beat African champions, Nigeria 3-0 in opener

Norway celebrate goal against Nigeria with ‘fake selfie’ celebration Norway Saturday scored three first-half goals on the way to an easy win over Nigeria in their opening Group A game at the 2019 Women’s World Cup in Reims. The 1995 world champions took the lead when Guro Reiten’s shot deflected off Onome Ebi into the net. Lisa-Marie Utland fired through the hands of keeper Tochukwu Oluehi to make it 2-0 before an own goal by Osinachi Ohale compounded Nigeria’s misery. Norway are level on points with hosts France, who they…

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Divine Oduduru becomes second fastest African, sets new Nigerian record

Divine Oduduru The rave of the moment, Nigeria’s Divine Oduduru, is now officially the second fastest African ever just behind his compatriot and legend Olusoji Fasuba. Oduduru attained this latest feat after the Texas-based athlete put up another jaw-dropping performance at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championships late Friday night. Oduduru easily won the 100 meters in 9.86 seconds and that is the fastest ever by an African since Fasuba ran a slightly faster time of 9.85 seconds 13 years ago in Doha. About 45 minutes after his heroics…

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Third-place game is no practice match, says Southgate

English Manager, Southgate England manager Gareth Southgate said he did not want to make major changes to his team for Sunday’s Nations League third-place game with Switzerland, and that the game was a chance to give something back to the country’s disappointed fans. England lost their semi-final against the Netherlands 3-1 on Thursday and while the Dutch can look forward to a final with Portugal on Sunday, England are left with the consolation match. “We lost an important game on Thursday. We’ve got thousands of fans here and we have…

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